A blog about current Christian songs that have strong, deep lyrics and can be used in contemporary or blended Christian Worship formats.

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This Is Amazing Grace by Phil Wickham

Today’s Strong Worship Song is This Is Amazing Grace by Phil Wickham with help from Josh Farro and Jeremy Riddle. This song appears on the album The Ascension which was released in September 2013. This Is Amazing Grace meets all of my criteria of a strong worship song. Believers, who are God’s adopted children through faith in Christ are singing in response to God’s amazing grace to save.  In the lyrics Jesus emerges as the hero who alone rescues us by breaking us free from our sins and spiritual darkness. He did this by being our perfect substitute and bearing our cross which resulted in His death.  Jesus who is none other than the King of kings and King of glory has conquered death and is worthy of our songs of praise.

Scripture references include 2 Corinthians 6:18, Revelation 5:11-13, Revelation 17:14, Revelation 19:16, Psalm 24:8-10, Psalm 36:5-7, Exodus 15:13, 1 John 2:2, and John 18:37.

This Amazing Grace

Who breaks the power of sin and darkness
Whose love is mighty and so much stronger
The King of glory, the King above all Kings

Who shakes the whole earth with holy thunder
Leaves us breathless in awe and wonder
The King of glory, the King above all Kings

This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You laid down Your life
That I would be set free
Jesus I sing for all that You’ve done for me

Who brings our chaos back into order
Who makes the orphan a son and daughter
The King of glory, the King of glory

Who rules the nations with truth and justice
Shines like the sun in all of its brilliance
The king of glory, the King above all Kings

Worthy is the lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave

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Made Alive by Citizens

Today’s Strong Worship Song is Made Alive by Citizens which was released in March of 2013.  I like the song for multiple reasons one of which is that it has an 80’s style which is what I grew up with in high school and college. By far, though what makes Make Alive strong are the lyrics. Made Alive presents bold  truth without apology.  We were by nature objects of wrath, dead in sin, alone and hopeless. God reached us in His love and kindness and made us alive in Christ.  God’s love and grace are amazing. Strong contrasts are in the lyrics as well — light vs darkness, death vs life, wrath vs mercy, etc. Simply put, the lyrics acknowledge all that God has done to make us alive.

Scripture references include Colossians 2:13, Ephesians 2:1, Romans 6:11, Romans 5:19, Romans 3:20-21, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 8:12, John 9:5, and  John 3:19.

Made Alive

I once was dead in sin
Alone and hopeless.
A child of wrath I walked
Condemned in darkness.

But Your mercy brought new life
And in Your love and kindness,
Raised me up with Christ
And made me righteous.

You have bought me back
With the riches of,
Your amazing grace
And relentless love.
I’m made alive forever,
With You, life forever
By Your grace I’m saved
(By Your grace I’m saved)

Lord, You are the light,
That broke the darkness.
You satisfy my soul,
When I am heartless.

If ever I forget
My true identity,
Show me who I am,
And help me to believe.

You have bought me back
With the riches of,
Your amazing grace
And relentless love.
I’m made alive forever,
With You, life forever
By Your grace I’m saved
(By Your grace I’m saved)

My sin has been erased,
I’ll never be the same.
My sin has been erased,
I’ll never be the same.

You have bought me back
With the riches of,
Your amazing grace
And relentless love.
I’m made alive forever,
With You, life forever
By Your grace I’m saved

You have bought me back
With the riches of,
Your amazing grace
And relentless love.
I’m made alive forever,
With You, life forever
By Your grace I’m saved
(By your grace I’m saved)


10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin

Today’s strong worship song is Matt Redman’s 10,000 Reasons. I like this song for several reasons. First and foremost the lyrics give glory to God for His great name and incredible love and faithfulness. Secondly it is hymn-like and very worshipful in nature.  Thirdly, we have had the opportunity to sing this song a few times now in worship and the congregation picked up the lyrics and melody right away. You can tell when people like a new song and this is one of them. Fourthly it is very personal in nature and is written from the perspective of the worshiper to God. It is a simple song, but it appeals to the redeemed to sing praises to the Redeemer. 

Scripture references include Exodus 34:6, Numbers 14:18, Nehemiah 9:17, Psalm 86:15, Psalm 103:8,  Psalm 145:8, Joel 2:13, Jonah 4:2, Nahum 1:3, Psalm 103:1, and Psalm 30:4,

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

Chorus

You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

Chorus

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

(Chorus x2)

Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
Lord, I’ll worship Your holy name

Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
I’ll worship Your holy name

 


Jesus, Son of God by Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels

Today’s strong worship song is Jesus, Son of God by Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels. The song just came out March 13, 2012 just in time for Easter! At Lamb of God Lutheran we will be singing it for our Easter Sunrise service or Easter Festival service. This song has all of the elements of a strong worship song. The lyrics are Christocentric (Christ-centered) and didactic, but also lead worshipers to strongly praise the Son of God. Jesus deserves our highest praise for His ultimate and perfect sacrifice to set us free from our sin.

Biblical references include John 6:38-41, Matthew 8:20, Luke 9:58, Matthew 27:29, Mark 15:17, John 19: 2-5, 1 John 4:19, 1 John 4:10, John 1:29, and Hebrews 12:2, 1 John 5:12, 1 John 5:20, Mark 1:1, Matthew 26:63-64, Matthew 27:54, Luke 1:35, John 20:31, and Romans 1:4.

Jesus, Son of God

You came down from heavens throne
this earth you formed was not your home.
Love like this the world had never known.

A crown of thorns to mock your name
forgiveness fell upon your face.
Love like this the world had never known

On the altar of your praise let there be no higher name
Jesus Son of God
You laid down your perfect life.
You are the sacrifice Jesus Son of God
You are Jesus Son of God

You took our sin You bore our shame
You rose to life You defeated the grave
Love like this the world had never known

You took our sin You bore our shame
You rose to life You defeated the grave
Love like this the world had never known

On the altar of your praise let there be no higher name
Jesus Son of God You laid down your perfect life
you are the sacrifice
Jesus Son of God
You are Jesus Son of God

Be lifted higher than all you’ve overcome
Your name be louder than any other song
There is no power that can come against your love
The cross was enough the cross was enough!
The cross was enough the cross was enough!


Aaron Shust – Never Been A Greater Love

Today’s Strong Worship Song is Aaron Shust’s “Never Been a Greater Love” which is found on his new album “This Is What We Believe” which was released in August of 2011. As far as strong, Biblical lyrics go, they don’t get much stronger this. Aaron Shust touches on several Biblical truths including the total depravity of man, the amazing grace of God, the pursuing love of Christ, redemption, and atonement. In addition to the strong lyrics, I enjoy the musicality of this song.

Scripture references include John 9:25, Romans 8:1, Luke 19:10, Matthew 12:21, Romans 5:1-2, 1 Timothy 1:1, Hebrews 2:10, John 15:13, and 2 Corinthians 9:15.

Never Been a Greater Love

There is nothing in this world
That means as much to me
Than the fact that You came looking
In my hour of desperate need
I was lost but then You found me
I was blind but now i see
Who You are
Who You are

Giver of hope when all is hopeless
When i was picking up the scraps
Lord, You never stop pursuing
Never give up when dreams collapse
We have been touched by grace amazing
You gave it all to buy us back
It’s who You are
Who You are

You are the author of salvation
Perfecter of our faith
The God of restoration
Our sins have been erased
There is now no more condemnation
You’ve covered us with grace
There has never been a greater love
There has never been a greater love

Never a gift has been so lovely
Never a love has been so pure
I can’t imagine ever finding
Somebody else who loves us more
Even though we cannot repay You
We’ll give our lives in the pursuit
Of who You are
Who You are

Jesus, You’re so wonderful
Oh how wonderful
You are


Aaron Shust – Sing of My Redeemer

Today’s strong worship song is Sing of My Redeemer by Aaron Shust which is the fifth song in his album This Is What We Believe released last month (August of 2011).  The song is a re-make of the hymn “I Will Sing of My Redeemer” by Philip Paul Bliss back in 1876. This hymn was the last hymn that Bliss wrote before dying in a train crash the same year.

Thy lyrics are very strong and Christocentric.  They focus on Christ and His work of redemption. Aaron Shust does a masterful and beautiful job in re-working this hymn with contemporary sounds.

Scripture references include Hebrews 12:2, Galatians 3:13, Psalm 107:2, Mark 10:45, Revelation 5:9, Isa 55:7, Psalm 50:9-10, Rev 17:14, I Cor 15:57, Rom 6:13),  Luke 23:43, Rev 5:12, Rev 7:14, Ephesians 1:1-7, Acts 4:20, Isaiah 63:15-17, Romans 5:8, and Titus 2:13-14.

Sing of My Redeemer
I will sing of my Redeemer
And His wondrous love for me
On the cruel cross He suffered
From the curse to set me free

I will tell the wondrous story
How my lost estate He saved
In His boundless love and mercy
He the ransom freely gave

I will sing
Sing of my Redeemer
With His blood
He has purchased me
On the Cross
Jesus sealed my pardon
He paid the debt and set me free

I will praise my dear Redeemer
His triumphant power I’ll tell
Of the victory He gives us
Over sin and death and hell

I will sing of my Redeemer
His Relentless love for me
He from death to life has brought us
Son of God with Him to be

We will praise the Lamb for sinners slain
For His blood can wash away our stain
Singing glory, glory to His name
For His blood can wash away…


Mighty to Save by Hillsong United

Today’s strong worship song is Mighty to Save which was first sung and made popular in 2005 by Hillsong United. The words and music were written by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan. In 2009 Laura Story’s version won a Dove Award. Several other Christians artists and groups sing this song including Michael W. Smith, Seventh Day Slumber, Rock Of Ages, Reuben Morgan, Jeremy Camp, and the Newsboys.

Scripture references include:1 Corinthians 15:54, Zephaniah 3:17,Ephesians 5:13-14,and Isaiah 60:1-3

Mighty to Save

Everyone needs compassion
A love that’s never failing
Let mercy fall on me

Everyone needs forgiveness
The kindness of a Savior
The hope of nations

(Chorus:)
Savior
He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save
Forever
Author of Salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave

So take me as You find me
All my fears & failures
Fill my life again

I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in
Now I surrender

Savior
He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save

Forever
Author of Salvation
He rose and conquered the grave

Jesus conquered the grave

Shine Your light and
Let the whole world see

We’re singing
For the glory
Of the risen King

Jesus
(Chorus:)